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Encountering Jessye

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me.   —Civilla D. Martin  Jessye Norman has blessed me, my wife, and our six children since the late 1980’s. Blessed is the only adequate word. With grace. With dignity. With healing. Debra (my wife of some forty years) and I first “met” opera soprano Jessye, listening to her celestial “Christmastide (1988).” We witnessed and were utterly captivated by Jessye’s stunning artistry, vocal power, and sovereign dignity. At just the right moment. Bereft of joy, beauty, hope We
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